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Little child dies after parents turn to prayer instead of seeking a doctor

By Mason White 5:57 PM April 23, 2013
Herbert and Catherine Schaible 

By: John Roberts
A little child died after his parents turned to prayer instead of seeking medical attention from a doctor when the child became sick, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia parents, who are already serving a 10 year probation sentence for the death of their other child after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor, have violated their probation because another child has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing.
Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing that the parents violated the most important condition of their probation, which is to seek medical care for their remaining children.

Authorities have not yet filed criminal charges in the death of the 8-month-old who died last week after suffering of diarrhea and respiratory problems. However, the charges could be filed once the authorities clearly establish how the baby died.

“I am completely shocked, both at the parents and at the authorities. Why were the remaining children left in their custody when the parents have shown a lack of concern for their kids? The government should immediately take away the remaining children and place them with relatives, before they all die,” Helen Jones, 37, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania told after learning about the death.

The couple is on probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2011 after the death of their 2-year-old son, Kent, of pneumonia.